Meet the Vendor: Molly Muriel
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Branda Tiffany and I am the owner of Molly Muriel, a small business based in Portland, OR. I create natural products for the bath, body, and home. I began making products 20 years ago, and 12 years ago I turned this hobby/obsession into a business. The name of the company is borrowed from my furry four-legged friend, my mutt, who is as old as the business.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I have been perfecting some recipes for natural hair care products, herbal face masks and mists, luxurious, buttery bath bombs, and deodorant. These will be the next things to join the ever-growing line of natural products!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
Earlier this year I opened up a little retail shop which also houses my production facility in Portland, OR. There is a big sliding door with gigantic windows that open, separating the retail from the production, so as people shop they can peak their head back and get a glimpse of their products being made first-hand. I am going to start holding classes and workshops, so if you want to hear about them you can submit your email to the list on our website.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love craft show vending because it gives me the chance to meet my customers first-hand, and really hear what they think about the products. It is such a great experience to talk with shoppers and listen to their stories, and hear their feedback. This keeps me very grounded in my craft!
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes, this is a full-time business, and I have 3 wonderful employees to help me out. But it wasn’t always this way. For the first 10 years I also worked at a coffee shop, I was lucky enough to have this job that I could taper off from as my business grew.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
I’ve been running this company for 12 years now, but the last 12 months have seen the most change. With the opening of a retail location and the hiring of a few employees, I have met a great learning curve, not always an easy one. The most valuable thing I’ve learned is that through the seeming ups and downs, if you just keep plugging away with intention and integrity, your hard work will pay off!